Community groups and charities to benefit from Police and Crime Commissioner’s online safety fund

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner. Picture: Courtesy of Suffolk PCC.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner. Picture: Courtesy of Suffolk PCC. - Credit: Archant

Numerous organisations have been successful in securing a share of an online safety fund, aimed at keeping young people safe from digital threats.

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, chose Safer Internet Day to announce the 11 projects who will benefit from a share of the £100,000 Stay Safe Online Fund.

The fund, which is administered by Suffolk Community Foundation, was open to charities and community groups who work with young people in the county to support cyber safety projects.

Details of the recipients are as follows:

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Mr Passmore said: 'Keeping Suffolk's young people safe online is an issue of grave concern. We've had lots of reports about grooming and violence being incited online, which is totally unacceptable.

'We must work together with charities to protect young people through the campaign and make people aware of what is happening.

'I personally find it extremely sad to hear that reports of grooming and violence in the county's digital community have shot up in recent years. The chief constable and I are very concerned about this, and have pledged to do all we can to protect young people in the county.'

To mark Safer Internet Day, the 11 recipients will today be attending the University of Suffolk's Blurring Boundaries conference, where experts from across the country will address an audience of schools, healthcare providers and safeguarding organisations.

Stephen Singleton, Chief Executive of Suffolk Community Foundation, added: 'We are delighted to be working with The Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver this grants programme.

'We know the voluntary sector is strategically placed to provide the necessary services that are much needed by schools and young people to tackle this issue.

'It is very encouraging that we have been joined in this initiative by other key partners who share our ambition to protect Suffolk's young people.'

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